#316- Beatnik

JUMPSUIT: Basic Black Jumpsuit from ShopEverydayPeople
ACCESSORIES: Black Beret / Black Horse hair heels / Gold-rimmed Circle Shades

Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s.

At the time that the term Beatnik was coined, there was a trend amongst young college students to adopt the stereotype, with men adopting the trademark look of bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie by wearing goatees, horn-rimmed glasses, and berets; rolling their own cigarettes and playing bongos. Fashions for women included black leotards and wearing their hair long, straight and unadorned in a rebellion against the middle class culture of beauty salons. 

It’s amazing how throughout history, especially from the 20s to the early 90s era, there were so many different subcultures; and how they influenced fashion and other lifestyle aspects overtime. There were more to these different subculture than the superficial stereotypes. Many of these cultures were developed because of the struggle people had at that time.

Since 1958, the terms Beat Generation and Beat have been used to describe the antimaterialistic literary movement that began with Kerouac in the 1940s, stretching on into the 1960s.

Whether it’s music, dance or literature, these people found a way to represent their identity. If you think about it, without these people and their mindset back then, we probably would not have so many inspirations to look up to. Do you know even hip hop was one such subculture too?

What is your favourite era culture then?

#306; Monochrome Fever

TOP:  Striped cropped tee from Taiwan
OUTER: Zara-inspired leather jacket from Wonderstellar
BOTTOM: Pleated midi skirt from Aforarcade
SHOES: Heeled booties from H&M

In order to make a monochrome outfit standout, I like to play with textures and patterns

The leather jacket helps add a sheer to the matted top so you can a contrast in fabrics, while the subtle hardware detailing on the jacket  and stitching patterns adds a different dimension to the outfit.

And of course, the pleated skirt creates an volumnised illusion to the whole outfit, yet the straight lines of the pleats elongates the outfit, so I’ll look, you know, taller~

And if you’ve loved my brownish and long hair, look at it while it last k. haha



Top: Topshop
Outer: Uniqlo Soft Jersey Blazer
Bottom: Custom-tailored Zoot Pants
Shoes: Metallica Silver Brogue

Zoot suit is a men’s suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders.

The reason why I had one made because a few years back I was into the style of locking and almost everybody at that time made at least one.

And mind you it’s not cheap, $70 for a pair ! But considering how we trashed in this pants and it’s still good, it’s worth the money. But anyway, I actually had mine altered ’cause they were huge! Makes me wonder how fat i was 3 years ago o.O

And more astonishing, how did we think that it’s ok to pay $70 for a pants you’ll only wear for dance. Oh my god…